Jo Seung-woo considers cop drama Pied Piper for tvN
The moment I read that Jo Seung-woo (God’s Gift—14 Days) was in contention for tvN’s upcoming Pied Piper, the next drama from Liar Game PD Kim Hong-sun, I pretty much thought, “Yup, perfect fit.”
That’s partly because I think he’s great at everything, but also because he’s got the chops and the grit to carry a suspenseful cop show all about police crisis negotiators working to defuse emergency situations through words rather than action. Jo’s character would be the main lead, a former corporate negotiator (and a genius at it, of course) who joins the police team as its leader, working on crises as varied as hostage situations to attempted suicides to terror.
Jo Seung-woo has long been recognized as a talented actor in the film realm, but his drama experience is pretty sparse, so I’d be thrilled to have him back on TV soon. He took on historical drama Horse Healer in 2012, then the time-slipping crime-suspense drama God’s Gift—14 Days in 2014. Despite that show angering me in the final stretch, I really did love him as the dogged ex-detective wrestling with demons from his past while kicking ass helping Lee Bo-young track down her kidnapped daughter—we didn’t nickname him Captain Awesome for nuthin’. The ending tainted my appreciation for that show rather substantially but not for him, and I could totally dig this pairing with him and the director, who turned brain twisters and math puzzles into riveting, bite-your-nails tension in Liar Game. Think of what he could do with bigger stakes and actual life-or-death conundrums.
Pied Piper is being planned for a Monday-Tuesday run on tvN, to follow the upcoming webtoon adaptation series Cheese in the Trap. Its premiere will come in March.
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